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In advance of the App Center's launch, Facebook has added two new metrics to Insights for developers to better gauge user interaction with their apps: App Ratings and Negative Feedback.
Mobile operators need to be involved in making handsets and apps or risk being totally cut off from opportunities to monetize 3G services, says exec.
OneDesk collects feedback and ideas from internal sources and social media; a new API allows it to integrate with apps from NetSuite, Oracle, SAP and Salesforce.com.
Handsets supporting long-term evolution (LTE) are growing, mobile chipmaker notes, while South Korean players say 4G allows for new, better apps and services over 3G networks.
In my earlier post on AT&T cracking down on those with jailbroken iPhones using apps such as MyWi to tether other equipment to the 3G connection, some of you seem to think that you can do anything with that data plan you pay for. Not so ...
Google Apps will roll out a new commenting feature that allows you to solicit feedback, resolve issues and keep a record of multi-author document changes.
Both mobile app developers and OS makers equally responsible for ensuring apps are and remain in top condition, which underscores importance of diligence and user feedback, note market observers.
Google Buzz was the big tech news of the week so Kevin, James, and I kicked off MobileTechRoundup show #197 giving our thoughts and experiences with the new service. Kevin also talked about the Swype text input system on Android that is launching on the myTouch 3G. James received news that Skyfire bought the Steel browser for Android so we may soon see Skyfire moving from Windows Mobile and S60 to Android. Quickoffice also added a few web services for document support and Kevin was pretty pleased to hear this. I am very interested in seeing how well Quickoffice and Documents To Go look on the iPad in comparison to the iWork apps. Virtualization on the iPad was also discussed and may be swaying iPad purchase decisions.
The Fender Limited Edition T-Mobile myTouch 3G adds a woodgrain effect, music-inspired apps and Slowhand's approval to the HTC-made Android handset. I went hands on to see if the Fender Edition could be cranked to 11.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&T reversed it's decision to allow apps to run on the iPhones connected to its 3G network.AT&T Inc.
James, Kevin, and I record the show on Macs and both of them were tracking their Snow Leopard package using the Palm Pre as we started MobileTechRoundup show #181. James then asked about apps driving people to buy certain phones and we chimed in with our thoughts. Sony announced a new Reader device and one is on the way to my house. The Nokia N900 was a big news item of the week, along with the Booklet 3G. There are Motorola Android handsets being announced soon and Kevin and James will be there in person to hear the news and hopefully get some hands-on time.
As I posted here yesterday, I jumped back to T-Mobile USA yesterday as my primary carrier with five phones on their family plan. I have been playing with an eval myTouch 3G for a couple weeks as well and along with this device came several applications that you can also now download on your T-Mobile G1. To begin fresh with T-Mobile I completely reset my G1 and started over with the latest firmware. I then went on to load up a ton of apps, but a few I wanted to discuss that are timed with the myTouch 3G release and recommended by T-Mobile are Visual Voicemail, Sherpa, My Account, Mobile Backup, and WorldTour.
I updated my iPhone 3G this morning as soon as the update became available. Everything seemed to go without a hitch and all of my content, apps, and settings appeared to transfer over just fine. However, when I tried to check email, surf the Internet, or perform anything require a data connection I received the following error pop-up, "Could not activate cellular data network: You are not subscribed to a cellular data service." The thing is, I do pay AT&T $30 per month for my wireless data service so I am indeed subscribed to a cellular data service.
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Palm Senior Vice President of Applications and Services Michael Abbott announced an early access program of the company's new developing platform, WebOS. The new platform will run apps natively on the device and enables greater integration with cloud applications like Google and Facebook. Abbott stressed that the company is looking for developer feedback and that the platform is evolving.
I followed the live coverage of the iPhone 3.0 event over at GDGT Live and am leaning more and more towards picking up an iPhone 3G for myself soon. The key improvements include cut/copy/paste, notifications via a push server, Bluetooth improvements, landscape orientation and keyboard support in all key apps (including email), and more involved developer API support.
Obviously Google is scrambling to undo some PR damage caused by this week's Apps outage. I certainly received some negative feedback on my proclamation of continued faith in all things Google and willingness to roll out their Apps for Education, regardless of the problems.
Stories of the month - August 2008...
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Lots of chatter on the net about iPhone 3G problems - dodgy apps, apparent firmware problems with responsiveness and GPS, and of course that rather lacklustre battery life. My experience is limited - Apple promises to make good on that, thanks Ved - but not inconsistent with such reports.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Perfectly legal ways you can still get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)
- 2 How much does an iPhone 6 really cost? (Hint: It's way more than $199)
- 3 31 ways to improve your iPhone's battery life
- 4 Seven privacy settings you should change immediately in iOS 8
- 5 Review: Tile Bluetooth tag (verdict: Great)